Speakers

Alastair McIvor

Alastair was born and educated in the UK. While studying Mechanical Engineering in the 1980s, he took a student job at one of the UK’s national nuclear laboratories, leading to a life-long career in the nuclear industry, first in the UK, and for the past 21 years in Canada. For those two decades, he has held a variety of challenging roles at Canada’s largest federal science campus: Chalk River Laboratories in the Ottawa Valley.

Through his career, Alastair has worked in safety analysis, science communication, nuclear regulation, and strategic planning. More recently he was involved in the restructuring of the former Crown corporation Atomic Energy of Canada ltd. into its new incarnation as Canadian Nuclear Laboratories. He is currently the Senior Director of Operations, leading the team of 200 people responsible for operating the NRU research reactor. He is pleased to have played a part in the long story of NRU: truly one of Canada’s great successes in science technology and innovation.

Alastair is married to Alison and has two sons, Charles and Jake. In his spare time, he writes prose, poetry, and music.

Ariel Sim

Ariel Sim is a Senior Consultant with Doblin, Deloitte’s human-centered design and innovation strategy practice. She is a futurist and a human-centered designer, leading the development of experimental methods for design strategy including neuroscience experience testing. With roots in anthropology, global affairs, and digital foresight, Ariel invests in empathy, creativity and occasional suspensions of disbelief to bring us closer to ‘utopia.’ With a deep interest in sharing design insights across global hubs of researchers and builders, Ariel is on a treasure hunt for relationships that support better, more thoughtful design.

At Doblin, Ariel works with clients in government, banking, natural resources, and insurance to develop more human experiences. Before Doblin, Ariel serviced with the United Nations in Technology & Humanitarian Affairs, was a Visiting UX Design Research Fellow with the iHub UX Lab in Nairobi, led a small R&D function for CyraCom International, and worked through the Open Society Foundations and Clinton Global Initiative to mount various cross-cultural design projects. Ariel completed her Master of Global Affairs (MGA) a the Munk School of Global Affairs with a focus on Internet governance, tech adoption, and human centered innovation research.

Be sure to follow Ariel on Twitter at @arielsim_

Ariel Sim

Ariel Sim is a Senior Consultant with Doblin, Deloitte’s human-centered design and innovation strategy practice. She is a futurist and a human-centered designer, leading the development of experimental methods for design strategy including neuroscience experience testing. With roots in anthropology, global affairs, and digital foresight, Ariel invests in empathy, creativity and occasional suspensions of disbelief to bring us closer to ‘utopia.’ With a deep interest in sharing design insights across global hubs of researchers and builders, Ariel is on a treasure hunt for relationships that support better, more thoughtful design.

At Doblin, Ariel works with clients in government, banking, natural resources, and insurance to develop more human experiences. Before Doblin, Ariel serviced with the United Nations in Technology & Humanitarian Affairs, was a Visiting UX Design Research Fellow with the iHub UX Lab in Nairobi, led a small R&D function for CyraCom International, and worked through the Open Society Foundations and Clinton Global Initiative to mount various cross-cultural design projects. Ariel completed her Master of Global Affairs (MGA) a the Munk School of Global Affairs with a focus on Internet governance, tech adoption, and human centered innovation research.

Be sure to follow Ariel on Twitter at @arielsim_

Jeff Westeinde

Jeff Westeinde is an active investor, entrepreneur and the Executive Chairman of the Windmill Development Group – one of Canada’s most environmentally and socially sustainable real estate developers.

Has been named Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst and Young, named one of Canada’s Top 40 under 40 by the Globe and Mail, recognized with the Young Alumni Award from the University of Western Ontario and has been awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal for his distinguished service to Canada. His businesses have been included in Canada’s fastest growing companies and the Top 50 Employers in Canada.

Jeff is an Honorary Colonel in the Canadian Armed Forces, is the Founding Chairman of Invest Ottawa and the founding vice-Chair of the Bayview Yards Innovation Center in Ottawa.

Jeff’s is an avid outdoorsman whose passion for mountain climbing (he has summited 3 of the world’s “7 Summits”), skiing, golfing and fishing are but a distant second behind his love for his family.

Shane Gero

My research focuses on the acoustic complexity and social behavior of cetaceans. For over a decade, I have been working on research projects all over the world on various species in tropical, temperate and arctic areas.

The experiences gained through my academic trajectory; from graduate work at Dalhousie University, to my fellowships at the Scottish Oceans Institute and Aarhus University; have granted me the analytical skills and strong publication drive learned from a leaders in the field, but also the independence to direct research, supervise graduate students, and coordinate my own field study.

The Dominica Sperm Whale Project has been tracking over 20 families of sperm whales in the Caribbean Sea since 2005. Through 1000s of hours of fieldwork, I have followed calves from birth through weaning and described the social dynamics among family members, as well as between the families in the Caribbean.

I am also passionately driven to share my findings with a wider audience than my scientific peers. With scientific denialism at epidemic levels in today’s society, contributing to public awareness is crucial for scientists now more than ever. I have always felt strongly that the public needs to be connected to biologists undertaking research. A new academic culture which encourages public engagement is needed!

An awareness of the natural world, does not alone motivate the necessary changes. International politics plays a key role in conservation, especially in complex multinational management areas like the Caribbean. As a result, I work closely with governments and NGOs with both national and international agendas.

Ultimately, my generation must be THE generation to enact dramatic changes to our interactions with the oceans. My personal success will stem from endeavoring to help lay the foundation for that change by increasing our knowledge through innovative research, developing awareness of our impacts through education, and promoting action through advocacy.

Be sure to follow Shane and his initiative on Twitter at @sgero as well as his website http://www.shanegero.com/

Shane Gero

My research focuses on the acoustic complexity and social behavior of cetaceans. For over a decade, I have been working on research projects all over the world on various species in tropical, temperate and arctic areas.

The experiences gained through my academic trajectory; from graduate work at Dalhousie University, to my fellowships at the Scottish Oceans Institute and Aarhus University; have granted me the analytical skills and strong publication drive learned from a leaders in the field, but also the independence to direct research, supervise graduate students, and coordinate my own field study.

The Dominica Sperm Whale Project has been tracking over 20 families of sperm whales in the Caribbean Sea since 2005. Through 1000s of hours of fieldwork, I have followed calves from birth through weaning and described the social dynamics among family members, as well as between the families in the Caribbean.

I am also passionately driven to share my findings with a wider audience than my scientific peers. With scientific denialism at epidemic levels in today’s society, contributing to public awareness is crucial for scientists now more than ever. I have always felt strongly that the public needs to be connected to biologists undertaking research. A new academic culture which encourages public engagement is needed!

An awareness of the natural world, does not alone motivate the necessary changes. International politics plays a key role in conservation, especially in complex multinational management areas like the Caribbean. As a result, I work closely with governments and NGOs with both national and international agendas.

Ultimately, my generation must be THE generation to enact dramatic changes to our interactions with the oceans. My personal success will stem from endeavoring to help lay the foundation for that change by increasing our knowledge through innovative research, developing awareness of our impacts through education, and promoting action through advocacy.

Be sure to follow Shane and his initiative on Twitter at @sgero as well as his website http://www.shanegero.com/

Dr. Shelley Ball

Shelley is a biologist, educator, photographer and storyteller. Her love of nature began at the tender age of 2 and turned into a life-long passion and career. But it was a career that seemed unattainable as a child who struggled with undiagnosed and untreated learning disabilities. A passion for learning about nature and a Grade 5 teacher who tapped into that passion were the key elements that turned Shelley’s life around. That passion for nature, along with a large dose of grit and resilience, led Shelley to not only pursue her dream of a career in biology, but also to go on to accomplish extraordinary things. As a research scientists and university professor, Shelley was one of the pioneers of DNA barcoding – a global research initiative that uses DNA sequences to identify species.

Shelley’s love of sharing her passion for nature and her deep desire to protect it led her to create Biosphere Environmental Education, an organization who’s mission is to connect people to nature and inspire them to care about it and to protect it. Biosphere’s flagship program, the Youth Environmental Ambassadors Program, takes youth around the world on environmental leadership expeditions and uses photography and storytelling to help youth become ambassadors and stewards for the environment.

For Shelley, the program is also a way to pay it forward, to inspire young people to achieve their dreams. Encouraging girls into science careers and supporting women in science and women’s leadership is also near and dear to Shelley’s heart. In 2016, she was one of 76 women on the inaugural Homeward Bound Women In Science Leadership Expedition to Antarctica – the largest all women’s expedition to the frozen continent and a program focused on elevating the leadership role of women in science and helping women to influence policy and decision-making in ways that will help to create a sustainable future for our planet.

Be sure to follow Shelly and her initiative on Twitter at @biosphere_ed and www.biosphere-ed.org.

Sekou Kaba

Sekou is a 2016 Olympian, Motivational Speaker and Photographer. He represented Canada in the 110m Hurdles at the Rio Games. Having a long history of overcoming obstacles, Sekou shares his tools of looking beyond barriers to accomplish lifelong goals. When he is not training, Sekou is out in the community motivating and inspiring individuals from all walks of life. He has presented to thousands of people across different communities, schools and organizations.

Be sure to follow Sekou on Twitter at @sekou_kaba

Sekou Kaba

Sekou is a 2016 Olympian, Motivational Speaker and Photographer. He represented Canada in the 110m Hurdles at the Rio Games. Having a long history of overcoming obstacles, Sekou shares his tools of looking beyond barriers to accomplish lifelong goals. When he is not training, Sekou is out in the community motivating and inspiring individuals from all walks of life. He has presented to thousands of people across different communities, schools and organizations.

Be sure to follow Sekou on Twitter at @sekou_kaba

Jenna Sudds – Monologue

Jenna Sudds is a champion of Ottawa’s Technology Sector, an accomplished leader, marketer and economic development professional. She is the inaugural Executive Director of the Kanata North Business Association and actively promotes and supports over 500 companies located in Canada’s largest Technology Park. Next month Jenna will launch a new chapter of her career building on her passion for business and all things technology related, Jenna will become the inaugural Executive Director of the newly formed Canadian CIO Strategy Council.

Be sure to follow Jenna on Twitter at @JennaSudds

Lianne Laing – Master of Ceremonies

From the days of working the weekend sports desk to her current early morning hosting duties Lianne has been involved with every aspect of local news. With close to twenty years under her belt Lianne has done it all, from the filming, writing and editing of her sportscasts to the early wake up calls and prep of her morning show CTV Morning Live.

A former Canadian elite gymnast, Lianne continues to share her passion for health and fitness with her viewers and readers with her Ottawa At Home Magazine Column “Fit At Home”. A mother of two very active daughters, she strives to achieve the alluring balance of work, family, charity, play and “me” time.

Be sure to follow Lianna on Twitter at @liannelaing

Lianne Laing – Master of Ceremonies

From the days of working the weekend sports desk to her current early morning hosting duties Lianne has been involved with every aspect of local news. With close to twenty years under her belt Lianne has done it all, from the filming, writing and editing of her sportscasts to the early wake up calls and prep of her morning show CTV Morning Live.

A former Canadian elite gymnast, Lianne continues to share her passion for health and fitness with her viewers and readers with her Ottawa At Home Magazine Column “Fit At Home”. A mother of two very active daughters, she strives to achieve the alluring balance of work, family, charity, play and “me” time.

Be sure to follow Lianna on Twitter at @liannelaing

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